Lot # 162: 2020 BBM Rookie Edition Arm Up #33 Roki Sasaki Rookie (PERFECT GAME PITCHER) PSA Mint 9

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2020 BBM Rookie Edition Arm Up #33 Roki Sasaki Rookie (PERFECT GAME PITCHER) PSA Mint 9

On April 10, 2022, 20 year old Sasaki pitched a perfect game against the Orix Buffaloes. Sasaki tied the NPB record set by Koji Noda for total strikeouts in one game, with 19, and set a new NPB record for consecutive strikeouts, having struck out 13 batters in a row. This also became a new world record, beating out the 10 consecutive strikeouts achieved in MLB by Corbin Burnes, Tom Seaver, and Aaron Nola.

In his next start, on April 17, Sasaki pitched eight perfect innings against the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, before getting taken out from the game before the ninth inning by manager Tadahito Iguchi to protect Sasaki's health.

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